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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published January 13 2012

16 apply for NDUS chancellor position

FARGO – Sixteen people have applied to be North Dakota University System chancellor, including a state senator from Fargo, several with senior academic leadership experience and others with less-traditional backgrounds.

The search committee meets Wednesday to select semifinalists. Chancellor Bill Goetz is retiring in August. The goal is for a new chancellor to begin in July.

Republican Sen. Tim Flakoll, who is provost of the Tri-College University and director of downtown operations for North Dakota State University, is among the applicants.

Flakoll said Friday that he would not run for re-election if he is named chancellor. His term expires at the end of 2012.

The other applicants are:

Grant Shaft, president of the state Board of Higher Education, said that although the application deadline was Thursday, the search committee will continue to accept applications.

The committee’s goal is to forward at least three quality finalists to the board, Shaft said.

“I do see a number of applicants that appear to stand out with fairly significant experience that I think would warrant close consideration by the committee,” Shaft said.

The current salary range the board has adopted for the chancellor position is $211,201 to $350,000.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590